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Sunday, August 31, 2014


Today was the middle day of a three-day weekend and Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory was calling my name. I headed west early this morning with thoughts of beautiful creatures swirling through my mind.

As the first visitor of the day I spent some time almost alone with the butterflies. There were a couple of conservatory staff there and me. I was soon joined by a few more people but it stayed fairly quiet in terms of 2-legged creatures. Many of the butterflies flew, settled for a short time, flew again. A few rested for longer. I stood and looked, moved to another spot, looked again.

This one caught my eye almost immediately. My initial thought was that it was a dead leaf... when I looked again I realized it was a butterfly resting, masquarading as a leaf.

a variation of a
an autumn leaf or indian leafwing butterfly

More photos from today's butterfly visit can be viewed in the gallery on the wings of butterflies starting with this photo and ending here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

return to Parker River

This year's piping plover nesting season is over for the year. That means that the beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is open once again to creatures other than birds. This morning I felt that beach calling...

I headed to Plum Island relatively early this morning, arriving as the tide turned from low tide to incoming water. It's funny, I like seeing the coastal waters at high tide but I like walking on the beach at low tide. There's more space, and the hard-packed sand surface is good for walking.

I started my visit on the inland side of the refuge, walking, listening, watching the birds. Next, it was time for a walk on the ocean side. I enjoyed the clouds decorating a bright blue sky, the waves rolling in. It was a good day for a walk by the sea.

inland waters

More photos from today can be seen in the gallery Parker River and... 2014 starting with this photo and ending here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

dahlia delight

I'm loving the summer flowers that decorate the gardens of Stevens-Coolidge Place.

I feel lucky to have this wonderful spot just a mile and a half down the road. Yes, that's walking distance!

dahlia delight

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The transition of this flower from bud to open flower is fascinating; the middle stage features curled petals.

curled petals, dahlia

I believe this flower is a dahlia.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Yesterday's late afternoon garden visit painted the scenery with late summer beauty.


Sunday, August 24, 2014


a flower, folded

finding falling water

Yesterday was a good day for a visit with a friend and a bit of a wander in Maine. We headed to the north along the west side of the state, stopping often along the road between Newry and Grafton to soak in the beauty.

My favorite stop of the day was at Screw Auger Falls. We arrived just after noon on a beautiful late summer day to views that deserve multiple visits. I'd like to see it with fewer people decorating the scenery; an early arrival on an autumn day sounds enticing.

Screw Auger Falls, Maine

A few more photos can be seen in the gallery finding falling water... Maine.

Friday, August 22, 2014


A bright pink late-summer flower is reaching for sunlight.

reaching for the light